*This was the final great battle of World War II, which began on December, 16, 1944, and ended January 25, 1945. The bloody encounter culminated at Bastogne in Belgium near the German border.
†Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891), prodigal, decadent poet, lashed out in his early works at the provincial world he was born into and soon escaped to a far worse place, the Arabian desert.
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